Our back, especially our lower back, is designed to provide strength, support, and flexibility to our upper body. This is why our lower backs are so sensitive to pain and injury from everyday wear and tear. Low back pain can have a number of causes, as well as range in severity. Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point, with the lower back being the most affected area. Many people seek out the best chiropractor in Philadelphia for their back pain. According to the National Institutes of Health, around 27 million Americans visit a chiropractor for treatment each year.
Dull and achy pain, burning, or spasms in the lower back should not be ignored. Spinal manipulation is performed by chiropractors, who perform the adjustments using their hands (or sometimes a device) to apply a precise force to a joint of the spine. The amount of force that they apply generally depends on the form of manipulation used. The goal is to relieve pain and improve physical function. For most people, back pain will go away on its own after a few days or weeks with pain relievers and rest. For others, the pain becomes chronic and can last for months or years.
It is not uncommon for back pain to develop without a cause, at least one that your doctor can recognize with a test or x-ray. Conditions commonly related to back pain include:
Signs and symptoms of back pain can include:
There is a lot of research, studies, and reviews that show chiropractors can provide clinically effective, safe, and inexpensive pain relief. A chiropractor can help relieve pain from spine-related conditions, which can be pain felt in the low back, upper back, or neck (cervical spine).
Low-back pain is extremely debilitating and is generally hard to diagnose, treat, and even study. Modern chiropractic treatment for back pain focuses on the assumption that there is a misalignment of the spine. Chiropractic care includes different methods of spinal manipulation, also known as adjustments. Spinal manipulation involves the chiropractor physically pushing, pulling, and repositioning the neck, shoulders, head, back, or hips to help ease back pain. Not all chiropractic care involves cracking bones directly. One technique uses a handheld device called an activator, which is a gentler way to realign your spine. Seeing a chiropractor for back pain is an effective way of managing low back pain, in addition to other types of pain. For many, low back pain will go away after a few days, weeks, or months. Common treatments include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, and, in extreme cases, opioids or injections. Since most lower back pain often improves within a few weeks, doctors usually recommend gentle exercise and patience over-medicating their patients. Chiropractic care could potentially help many back pain sufferers, as a part of multidisciplinary care to improve lower back discomfort.
The Importance of Spinal Health
There are many ways to help take care of your spinal health. These include:
With chiropractic care, gentle adjustments to any misaligned vertebrae may help the spine by bringing back normal movement, decreasing nerve irritation, and reducing pain. When your spine is functioning normally and you have a healthy nervous system, your body is able to better heal itself. Any sort of trauma you’ve experienced, lifestyle, increasing age, and injury can increase the vulnerability of the spine, but chiropractic care at Stone Bridge Wellness in Philadelphia can help ease discomfort and support you along the road to an improvement in overall wellness. If you are interested in learning more about how chiropractic care at Stone Bridge Wellness can help you improve your quality of life, give us a call at (215) 330-2400.
The first step to relief from lower back pain is to schedule a free consultation in our office to discuss the specifics of your case.